Constant Blitzing

Florida State has seen its share of blitzing defenses the past month. That trend could continue Saturday at North Carolina State, which features the Atlantic Coast Conference's top defense.

Florida State has seen its share of blitzing defenses the past month. That trend could continue Saturday at North Carolina State, which features the Atlantic Coast Conference's top defense.

Sophomore quarterback Adrian McPherson, making the third start of his career, threw four touchdown passes to offset North Carolina's constant blitzing in last Saturday's 40-14 victory. Overall, FSU quarterbacks threw five touchdown passes against the Tar Heels, with four going for at least 19 yards.

"I think we just have to expect it," FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said Tuesday.

"If you don't show you can beat the blitz, they are going to keep blitzing. Thank goodness, hopefully A.D.'s showing he can handle it. But what you are seeing, they are getting us, getting us, getting us, then boom, we finally hit something. As long as they keep coming at us, they are going to get us some. We'll just sit in there and hang in there with A.D., we will get them, too."

Bowden continues to applaud the play of McPherson, who has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of his three starts against Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and UNC. He also has thrown 97 consecutive passes without an interception. Chris Rix, who lost the starter's role following the Notre Dame loss Oct. 26, chipped in a 52-yard scoring strike to Craphonso Thorpe on his first play against UNC.

"We feel like we are moving the ball better," Bowden said. "(We) feel like A.D. is moving the ball a little more consistently, a little better decision making right now. That's kind of what you are hoping for that Chris can sit back and see that and learn from that."

BACK IN MIX: Bowden said it's important for senior receiver Robert Morgan, who has been plagued by dropped passes, to get back into the mix. Morgan has been held without a catch the past two games.

"He's going to have to show me that he's going to catch the ball," Bowden said. "I held him out of some of those situations. He's real uncomfortable with it right now. The guys that are catching the ball are the guys you have to throw to."

Bowden added that his receives dropped just one pass against UNC -- Thorpe was the guilty party, he said.

UPDATE: TB Nick Maddox (ankle), OG Montrae Holland (ankle) and C Antoine Mirambeau (knee) particpated in selected drills Tuesday. The trio was held out of the North Carolina game. The three seniors have combined to start 63 games over their FSU careers. Their status for Saturday's game will be determined by the training staff after Thursday's practice.

SPLISH, SPLASH: A main water pipe burst in the ceiling above the training room Sunday night, turning the room into Lake Jackson (during its hey-day). Water also churned down the hallway and into the Seminoles' football locker room, reaching the Seminole head (around the middle of area). They've had a number of fans running in an attempt to dry the carpet.


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